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We all have our own stories of home. This series shares those stories from Habitat staff. We'll explore questions like: what does home mean to us? How did we find a stable home? How do our stories inform our work? And how do Habitat's mission, vision, and values resonate with our experiences?

This story is written by Shereese Turner. She's our Senior Director of Programs & Services, and has worked at Habitat since 2018.

We recently held a Stories of Home Contest where we asked Twin Cities Habitat homeowners to share a story answering the question: "What does your home mean to you?" Here's one of the winning stories in the homeowner's own voice. Story and photos shared with their permission.

Written by Melody Lawson, Habitat Homeowner since 2011

I am so excited to write the greatest memories I have in my life when I purchased my Habitat of Humanity home.


The process of buying a home is essentially the same as it's always been. But when there are a lot of people who want to buy and not enough homes for sale, there is more competition for the homes that are available. As a result, interested buyers must make their decision, provide an offer, and write a house offer letter as quickly as possible.

You might be thinking, "A letter? I don't remember my parents needing to write a letter to buy their house." That's because they probably didn't have to. House offer letters are a new aspect to the homebuying process, but it's only necessary in a very competitive housing market.

Guest blog written by Stephanie and Josh Moline,
Global Village Volunteers

Guatemala is an incredibly beautiful country that I have been fortunate enough to visit three times. Each trip has taught me something new about the country and culture, but one thing that has been clear from the start is the gratitude radiating from everyone I've spoken with—to be alive, to be with their families, to be able to provide what they can for their children.

And that's a really powerful thing to see when the majority of us spend our days at home being surrounded by "first-world problems."

What do you think about when you hear the word advocacy? For some people, advocacy might sound broad, unfamiliar, and even intimidating. Twin Cities Habitat thinks of advocacy as an important tool we can use to help achieve our mission to eliminate poverty housing from the Twin Cities and to make decent, affordable shelter for all people a matter of conscience. But what is advocacy, and how does it help Habitat work towards our goals?

Guest blog written by Skip Durocher and Ann Novacheck,
Global Village Volunteers

We are writing from beautiful Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. We just finished the second day of construction. Apparently at some point months ago, (perhaps after a few beers), we agreed to write a blog entry about our experience here in Guatemala.  We have never done a blog before, but here goes.

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